Is there a LEGAL requirement as to the nature of what a degee program must offer to issue a degree in the United States? And I do not mean based on what is customary but are there any specific legal required courses and aspects of research work at the graduate level. And does this apply at both a state and private schools excluding relgious degrees. And also that apply to programs outside those in the United States insisting on the exact same standards to use those degrees inside the United States. Let me give you an example at the associates levels does any state or federal law require those have 60 credits with a certain number distributed among general education courses. Those also directed such as 6 credits in mathematics, 6 credits in humanities and the like. We can use the same idea for bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees granted by state and private secular degree granting such programs. If there are not then how can you cal any diploma mill a diploma mill there are no standards legally in place most noted here internationally. If there are then the point is mute. But I have read and did searches online and cannot find such specific requirements save in fields where state or federal regulations apply such as medicine. Even I have to grant such rules to degree programs if laws are in place. And I deem this a logical question to ask since the main attack I have seen is that diploma mills and unaccredited programs are they have weaker requirements for a degree. If that is true then there must be a legal standard as to what a degree must have at every level associates to doctorates- here and abroad everyone agrees with. Not just custom and tradition but written law that is clear.